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New High School Credit Promotes Leadership in Community

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first_imgNova Scotian high school students will be able to earn a credit for pursuing their interests in leadership and the arts outside of school hours. Education Minister Ramona Jennex introduced the new Personal Development Credit today, June 19. “One of the goals of the Kids and Learning First plan is to prepare young people for good jobs and citizenship,” said Ms. Jennex. “This credit provides another way to encourage students to gain valuable life skills and experience outside the classroom, strengthening their connections with their communities.” The first phase of the new credit will launch in September. Students who participate in approved programs including the Cadet Program, Dance Nova Scotia, 4-H, and Junior Achievement can earn a full or half elective credit on their high school transcript. “Junior Achievement inspired me to pursue entrepreneurship as a career and gave me the tools to do so successfully,” said Bethany Dickey, a Grade 12 student at Dartmouth High School. “I think the ability for students to earn a credit for participating in the Company Program is an amazing step. It provides an even greater incentive for students to join who may not have considered participating otherwise.” Ms. Dickey, who was vice-president of finance in her Junior Achievement company Snug That!, will attend Acadia University in the fall. In September, the Department of Education will begin accepting applications from other community programs and service providers interested in taking part in the credit in 2013. Programs that promote community leadership, arts, or languages not offered in schools will be eligible. Programs that charge fees must have options available, such as bursaries, that allow all students to participate. “We are very pleased to work with the schools to ensure cadets get credit for what they are learning in the Cadet Program,” said Cmdr. Wayne DiPersio, Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic). “Learning to sail, exploring Canada’s backcountry, and earning a pilot’s licence are just some of the many exciting opportunities available to cadets. They develop valuable life and work skills like good citizenship, leadership, self-confidence, and respect for others while having fun and building lasting relationships.”last_img read more

I’m glad I don’t have to bowl to Russell, says Kuldeep Yadav

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first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had a stupendous time in this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise, captained by Dinesh Karthik, has won two matches out of three and are in the middle of the points table. They lost to the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, but prior to that, managed to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Eden Gardens. One of the main reasons why the Knights have been competitive is Andre Russell, who is currently the third highest run-scorer in IPL 2019 with 159 runs at an average of 79.50 and a titanic strike-rate of 248.43. The Jamaican has also smacked 15 sixes, the most in the tournament thus far and quite rightly, Kuldeep Yadav, KKR’s chinaman bowler, has hailed the hulk-like batsman as a game-changer. “You need a player who can change the game for you. We have Russell in that category. He is a perfect game changer for us. “We all are proud of him. When he is on fire, he is unstoppable. I am glad I don’t have to bowl to him (Russell),” Kuldeep was quoted as saying. Yadav also sounded confident about the Knight Riders’ chances of winning their third title in the T20 league. “He is the kind of player who can destroy any bowler’s economy rate. The way we have been playing and have showed fighting spirit, I think KKR will win the trophy this year,” he added. Russell has scored 159 runs from three innings at 79.50 with a strike rate of 248.83 in the first three matches. He also took five key wickets for his team. Before the start of the tournament, the majority of the fans and pundits picked the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and other destructive top-order batsmen as favourites to win the ‘Orange Cap’, but Russell has surprised one and all with his hitting and more importantly consistency. Considering the position he bats at and the number of balls he gets to face in an innings, 159 runs in three matches is a Herculean effort by the Windies all-rounder. He has scored 20 (or more) runs in an over thrice in IPL 2019 already, and with 15 sixes to his credit, Russell is also the number one batsman in the list of ‘most sixes in IPL 2019’, after the first week. His teammate Nitish Rana, Warner, and Chris Gayle are behind him on the list with 10 sixes each. Russell’s impact in the first week of IPL 2019 was bigger than any other player in the tournament. As far as Kuldeep is concerned, he hasn’t had the best of tournaments, picking up only a couple of wickets in three matches with best figures of 2/41 against the Capitals in the last encounter. KKR are next scheduled to lock horns against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 5.last_img read more

Ban urges parties to Middle East peace talks to overcome hurdles

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28 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work with determination to overcome obstacles to the peace talks which resumed recently, while pledging to continue supporting the process. “The parties must engage with determination to overcome obstacles and find a way for the negotiations to bring about a comprehensive peace,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), which opened today in Morocco’s capital, Rabat.He pledged his full support for the peace process, working with partners in the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States.The Secretary-General said the UN remains committed to providing assistance to the Palestinian people, and voiced support for steps taken by the Palestinian Authority towards creating institutions of “a future independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State, living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours.“These efforts will become more relevant as the parties make progress at the negotiation table,” he added.On Gaza, the Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Israel moves to allow more imports and international projects in the territory, but added that much more needs to be done for the people living there. “I will continue to call for further measures to improve living conditions of ordinary Gazans. Restrictions on exports and on the movement of people should be lifted,” he added.Mr. Ban said he looks forward to continuing to work with PAM, saying the assembly’s voice and role in the Mediterranean region was indispensable.“You are the backbone of democracy. You make the laws, seek to uphold the rule of law, and by your very diversity, you are the voice of the people,” he said, adding that the UN and PAM share a common vision to promote dialogue, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence in the Mediterranean region and beyond.The UN and PAM are working together to facilitate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight poverty alleviation and social development targets that States are striving to attain by 2015 – including those that are of particular concern to inhabitants of the Mediterranean region, such as access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, he noted. Mr. Ban stressed that although peace and security, climate change, development, disarmament and human rights are global issues, they were also of great local significance. “Your voices are so important to the effective governance of our complex world, in the Mediterranean region and beyond,” he added. read more

CPC workers to strike against proposed oil deal

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The union has taken the decision to strike after Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly turned down a request for a meeting to discuss the issue. The workers have three demands which include getting the government to stop granting outright ownership of some 14 World War II oil storage tanks in the eastern port district of Trincomalee. The Petroleum Joint Union Alliance says it opposes the proposal to transfer operations rights to oil tanks to India since the agreement would benefit the Lanka IOC, Indian Oil’s subsidiary, allowing it to expand further and the CPC, which is already in debt, will incur further financial losses.They also asked the government to shelve plans to build a new oil refinery with Chinese assistance in the southern port of Hambantota and to immediately begin repairing the existing refinery near Colombo. Workers of Sri Lanka’s state-run petroleum firm are set to launch an indefinite strike from tomorrow against the government’s proposed deal with India to jointly operate an oil storage facility at the strategic eastern port town of Trincomalee, the Press Trust of India reported.Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Trade Union Collective workers have threatened to cripple entire transportation sector in the country. “We will be striking from tomorrow and stop all fuel distribution in the country,” Bandula Saman Kumara a spokesman for the trade unions told reporters.He said by mid-week the Colombo international airport would face the danger of becoming non-operational due to fuel sector strike.At least 73 of the 99 storage tanks in Trincomalee is to be managed under a new equity arrangement between the two countries, Sri Lanka Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody had said earlier. Sri Lanka and India are expected to sign an agreement to jointly invest and develop the Trincomalee Port and establish a petroleum refinery and other industries there. Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will visit India on April 25, had said yesterday the development of eastern port district of Trincomalee will be discussed during his visit. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sri Lanka accused of failing to ensure justice for Trinco 5

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The photo actions at bit.ly/TrincoFive calls on the Sri Lankan Government to effectively investigate and prosecute those responsible for these murders so that the families of the students may at last receive justice. (Colombo Gazette) Amnesty noted that despite police investigations and a Presidential commission of inquiry, no one has been held accountable for these crimes. To publicize this case, Amnesty has two photo actionsongoing, one focused on Ragihar in particular and one on the “Trinco Five” students as a group. Sri Lanka has been accused of failing to ensure justice for the five youth killed in Trincomalee in 2006.Amnesty International has been campaigning for justice for Ragihar Manoharan and four other Tamil students allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan security forces on Jan. 2, 2006 in Trincomalee. read more

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Are You Prepared for Text Messaging Circa 2020

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If you’re sending alerts, notifications, reminders, or anything that might be considered A2P messaging traffic, make sure you’re on a product that will be able to handle that traffic moving forward. Your best bets in 2019 are toll-free SMS or a dedicated short code.If you’re currently a short code user, work with your messaging provider to make sure it’s a dedicated short code just for your business instead of a shared short code. If you’re scared of the hefty monthly hosting cost of a dedicated short code, at just cents per month, alternative numbers like toll-free SMS or Local A2P may be a better fit for your business model.Keep your eyes and ears open as additional details and changes are announced. Things are shifting quickly out there!That’s just a quick gist of what’s happening this year in the messaging space. It’s an avalanche of change, but promises to bring in a wave of excitement at the same time.Tags:News & ViewsSMStext messagingA2Pshort codesMessagingCPaaSCustomer ExperienceDigital TransformationMobilityVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Slack Competitor Mattermost Raises $20 Million in Funding Michelle Burbick February 07, 2019 Open source messaging platform differentiates on security and developer focus. The next significant shift in the messaging world is the introduction of carrier routes for 10-digit long code (10DLC) messaging traffic. Businesses have demanded a sanctioned route for sending high-volume A2P messaging traffic for years — and carriers have listened! This introduction promises to bring about some exciting change for businesses that want to be able to send notifications, alerts, promotions, and more using their existing business phone numbers. Communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) providers are working to create APIs — called Local A2P — built on these carrier routes. These APIs will enable product owners and software developers to access these powerful new carrier routes from a single API call. Tapping Into Mobile Text Michael Finneran February 26, 2019 For the general population, text might be a simple idea, but for businesses it’s evolving as a strategic imperative. So what can you do to ensure your business is ready for this messaging revolution? Here are three quick tips: Why? Shared short codes have long been associated with spam, and bad actors can be difficult to track down when phone numbers are shared among business users. Businesses looking for alternatives before the phase-out have started turning to toll-free SMS and other application-to-person (A2P) channels, as using dedicated short codes may be cost-prohibitive. Log in or register to post comments RCS: Mobile’s Next-Gen Customer Interaction Platform Phil Edholm November 01, 2018 If you’re not yet familiar with this rich messaging technology, you should be. See All in Messaging » 2019 is shaping up to be a year of major change for text messaging. In addition to technology innovation, older products will be sunsetting, not to mention the seismic shifts in how business messaging is sold, used, and consumed. We like to think we’re undergoing a messaging revolution of sorts. We haven’t seen this much changing in the world of text messaging ever, and though the sheer amount may be overwhelming, it’ll be exciting to see what the messaging space looks like at year’s end. Most importantly, with these changes come the need for preparedness. Making Business Messaging a Sinch Beth Schultz February 15, 2019 CLX Communications rebrands to reflect evolution of SMS to rich media engagement. RCS Vs. OTT Chat Apps: A Question of Standards Robert Gerstmann December 19, 2018 While chat apps might satisfy the needs of smaller companies, RCS will appeal to large enterprises with sophisticated requirements. Major ChangesOne of the main changes taking place this year is the sunsetting of shared short codes. Wireless carriers have started to announce that they’ll no longer be accepting new shared short codes and will begin to phase out existing ones throughout this year. text_messaging.jpg read more

Extreme heat alert issued for Halton region

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Unless you’ve spent the day inside, you’re likely aware that an extreme heat alert has been issued for Hamilton, Halton, and Niagara. It’s the first of the summer, and that means if you’re going to spend any time outside you should take the standard precautions of sunscreen, water, and limited exposure a little more seriously.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Death penalty has no place in 21st century declares UN chief

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“Together, we can finally end this cruel and inhumane practice everywhere around the world,” said Mr. Ban in opening remarks to the special event “Best practices and challenges in implementing a moratorium on the death penalty,” co-organized at UN Headquarters by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN.The special event is being held, according to a concept note on the proceedings, “in the spirit” of the aims of the annual resolution of the UN General Assembly on “Moratorium on the use of the death penalty” first adopted in 2007. That broad and inclusive text does not impose the abolition of the death penalty but rather proposes a moratorium on executions – de jure or de facto – with a view to abolishing the death penalty in the future.At today’s event, which was moderated by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic, Mr. Ban noted that the Assembly will soon take up the resolution again. The efforts generated by the text have won a progressively broader margin of support from Member States, representing a variety of legal systems, traditions, cultures and religious backgrounds.“[Yet], I remain very concerned, however, about shortcomings with respect to international human rights standards in countries that still apply the death penalty,” he said, adding that he is particularly troubled by the application of the death penalty for offences that do not meet the threshold under international human rights law of ‘most serious crimes,’ including drug-related offences, consensual sexual acts and apostasy. The UN chief went on to express concern about legislation in 14 States that permits the death penalty on children as well as the new phenomenon of sentencing large groups of individuals to death in mass trials.Against such a backdrop, he said that over the past two years, OHCHR has convened a series of important global panel events on the death penalty, focusing on wrongful convictions, deterrence and public opinion, and discrimination. Specifically, discriminatory practices in the imposition of the death penalty further reinforce the calls for its universal abolition.Looking ahead to the next session of the General Assembly, he therefore called on all States to take action in three critical areas: ratify the Second Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty; support the resolution on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty; and take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment. read more

Sustainable development summit a reminder of the boundless potential of humanity

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Ms. Mohammed told the delegates at the SDG Summit that she had been encouraged by the “spoken word, the voice of youth, the commitment of civil society, the power of an active citizenry and the leadership of our governments”, on display during the two-day conference.The deputy UN chief said that she had drawn three concrete messages from the summit: a renewed commitment from world leaders to implement the Agenda, which she described as critical to respond to the world’s greatest challenges; an acknowledgement that the Goals are off track, and a determination to step up efforts to achieve them; and clarity on the task ahead, with a decisive decade left to “nurture more ambitious global action; local action and people action”.Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the incoming President of the General Assembly, said that the 10 years leading up to the 2030 deadline for the Agenda will be a “Decade of Implementation”, and expressed his hope that “we will ensure more integration of the 2030 Agenda into our National Development Plans, mobilize resources and invest in programmes and sectors that are more likely to engender greater acceleration”Mr. Muhammad-Bande highlighted the involvement of the private sector at the SDG Business Forum, which also took place on Wednesday, where companies showcased actions, innovative technologies and sustainable financing strategies, aimed at creating a better world for all.“I am confident that the business leaders that joined us this week will continue to encourage and inspire actions” he said. “While governments are responsible for national implementation, they are unable, on their own, to achieve the goals”.During the Forum, Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, shared the results of a survey, contained within the recently published UN Global Compact Progress Report 2019, which shows that 81% of Global Compact participants reported that they are taking action on the Global Goals.Ms. Kingo emphasized the importance of going beyond sustainability strategies, policies and codes of conduct, and translating corporate ambition into practice: “Being an impactful sustainable business means fully integrating sustainability into core business strategy, operations, supply chain management and stakeholder engagement”.Commenting on the outcome of the Summit, Liu Zhenmin, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, welcomed the full commitment of the UN to supporting Member States to deliver the promises they have made to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, for people and the planet today, and for the generations to come:“It is encouraging to see that the momentum to step up action is growing, with over 100 new Acceleration Actions (initiatives to speed up progress on sustainable development and boost action on climate change, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all) registered for the goals ahead of the SDG Summit”. The General Assembly President took the opportunity to look ahead to the 2020 Summit of the United Nations, when Member States and relevant partners will report, again, on the contributions they are making towards achieving the SDGs. read more

With success in Big Ten Tournament Buckeyes could be No 1 seed

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Now that the regular-season conference title is out of the way, the Buckeyes are squared on winning this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament, which could garner them March Madness’ top overall seed. But a lot can happen during the intense championship week when teams across the country make their final case to hear their names called on Selection Sunday. Ohio State won’t have to worry about whether its name will be called, but when. Jerry Palm of CollegeRPI.com told The Lantern the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed is the Buckeyes’ to lose, and other teams in contention will need improbable help in the form of an OSU loss. “Anyone else who thinks they can (get the No. 1 overall seed),” Palm said, “is going to have to wait until somebody beats Ohio State.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he enjoys this time of year because he’s been able to learn so much about his team during the conference tournament. He mentioned that having recent Sunday games followed by quick turnarounds early in the next week has helped the Buckeyes prepare for the NCAA Tournament. “We (coaches) talk about it, not with the guys,” Matta said. “We haven’t discussed the NCAA Tournament with them, but I’m sure they watched TV.” Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty is no stranger to basketball in March and is looking for a repeat performance of last year’s Big Ten Tournament, where he earned All-Tournament honors and helped the Buckeyes win the conference title. “I think if we play like we’ve been playing the last five or six games it’s going to be pretty hard to beat us,” Lighty said. “Like coach said, just going in there and being focused, having our minds right to go in there and attack.” read more

Sergio Ramos unhappy at Reals goalless draw

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first_imgThe Real Madrid captain believes his team controlled the second half but missed the “finishing touch that we’ve had in other games”On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 after a fierce display by both teams.But for Los Merengues’ captain Sergio Ramos, the team is not performing as well as it should in the Spanish La Liga tournament.“We knew the importance of these three points to take advantage of Barcelona slipping up. The draw feels disappointing after the great job we’ve done,” Ramos told Goal.“In the first half Atletico pushed higher, but in the second we controlled the game and just missed the finishing touch that we’ve had in other games. We have to look forward now.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You always have to have the utmost respect for the opponent because in these games mistakes are decisive, so it’s better to be careful and not pay the price,” he added.“The team dug in well, controlled the game and dominated, but we’ve not been successful in front of goal and we’ve dropped points.”Solo nos ha faltado un poco de acierto para llevarnos una victoria que hemos buscado hasta el final. ¡Gracias, afición, esto sigue!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/3VjOQXhKX8— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) September 29, 2018last_img read more

Man Base Jumps from the American Flag Crane in Downtown

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first_img Posted: September 7, 2018 , Updated: 6:23 PM Man Base Jumps from the ‘American Flag’ Crane in Downtown Ignored verbal warnings from SDPD chopper September 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man wearing a parachute jumped from a crane in the East Village Friday and was uninjured when he landed on a street several hundred feet below, police said.Dispatchers received reports shortly before 12:45 a.m. of a man climbing a crane at a building located on 15th Street and J Street, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Stirk said.Officers arrived and a police helicopter hovered at the scene as officers used a loudspeaker to tell the man not to jump, Stirk said. The man ignored orders and proceeded to jump from the crane, which is located at least 480 feet above the street.After he landed in the middle of the 1500 block of Market Street, the unidentified man was a taken to a hospital for a medical issue unrelated to his contact with police, Stirk said.“It was a pre-existing condition,” Stirk said.The man was cited for trespassing and was released, Stirk said. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Fire-Rescue FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Crewman disappears from ship in Columbia River

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first_imgKELSO — A crewman who disappeared from a ship in the Columbia River at the Port of Kalama remains missing.The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office said Monday it was not possible to tell if he fell, jumped or walked off the ship, but there is no evidence of a crime.The Daily News of Longview reported the man’s flip-flop sandals were found at the railing of the Unico Stella, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk cargo ship.The 37-year-old who is believed to be from Myanmar, Kyaw Aung, was last seen Thursday night and was reported missing Friday. Authorities searched the shoreline.A tracking website indicates the ship left the Columbia River Saturday and went to Vancouver, B.C., where it departed early Tuesday and entered the north Pacific.last_img

Extremely rare twotone lobster caught off New England coast

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first_imgSTONINGTON, Maine (WSVN) — An extremely rare two-tone lobster was recently caught off the coast of New England.The Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries shared a photo of the black-and-red crustacean, which has a 1 in 50 million chance of being caught, according to the University of Maine.“Thank you to island fisherman, Captain Daryl Dunham, F/V Force of Habit, for sharing this unique lobster with us,” the center said in a Facebook post.The lobster will be on display in a tank at the center’s Discovery Wharf through mid-October.However, the two-toned lobster isn’t the only rare crustacean the center has on display. The center also has three other rare lobsters, including a blue one.   Courtesy: Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Courtesy: Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Courtesy: Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Courtesy: Maine Center for Coastal FisheriesFor more information on the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Fasulo Sullivan Will Control Growth Best Suited To

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first_imgDear Editor,It is with extreme honor and without any hesitation that I write to endorse Rob Fasulo and Sue Sullivan for Selectman of Wilmington.Following two tours in Iraq and honorable discharge from the US Army, my wife and I were looking for a home where we could set down roots.  My wife enjoyed the conveniences of the city while I preferred the quiet of the country. After much research we found our happy medium and perfect town, Wilmington.  Seven years and two children later we know we made the right choice.Soon after moving to town my wife called Rob Fasulo to ask a simple question about her new-found bee keeping hobby.  Rob not only offered advice, he came to the house to lend a hand. Two things we learned about8 Rob- He has a deep appreciation and respect for veterans, and he takes great pride in the town of Wilmington. Not only has he grown up here, he is also raising his three children here. He volunteers his time to attend town meetings and pushes for change when he believes the citizens are not being fairly represented.April 27th will be a historical day in our town.  Three of the board seats are open and who gets elected will determine the future of our town.  Although we love Wilmington my wife and I share some concerns.The first is growth, just from my front lawn I can see three new homes that went up in the past year.  And it seems construction is everywhere.  I am also hearing of multiple condo units going up in the next few years.  While I love that our town is expanding for more families to enjoy I worry that this growth maybe happening too fast and without a plan.  How will be accommodate our police department? Fire department? Our schools? When my wife signed my son up for kindergarten last month, she overheard the school was close to capacity with only 11 slots left (and more registration days ahead).  Also, Wilmington high school went from being able to serve 1020 children to 960. Knowing the town is growing in population why in the world are we building smaller schools? Rob Fasulo is for responsible growth and wants to work with the town on a realistic plan to aid public services in how to navigate the town’s ever-increasing population.Our second concern is the Olin site.  After moving to town, we began hearing rumblings about this site and the dangers to resident’s health.  Looking further we began reading about Sue Sullivan.  A mom who felt SO passionately about the health of our town’s children she spearheaded a movement to get the site tested and is still working hard to get the site cleaned.  My wife and I did a bit of research into Olin and what we uncovered is down right SCARY. As a town this is not a “pretty” topic to discuss-but this NEEDS to be something the town recognizes and deal with. As of last week we heard the Olin site will be entered into the Administrator’s Emphasis List for Superfund sites for “immediate intense action”.  This is a VERY significant turn of events and I feel it is imperative and in the best interest of the town to have Sue Sullivan on the board of selectman.  There is no one more knowledgeable about this site and its dangers to our town’s people than Sue and I know without a doubt she will fight to get the site clean. 2019 marks the 20thyear since the Olin site’s cancer study and we still do not have answers. In order for our town’s true interest to be protected Rob Fasulo and Sue Sullivan need to be elected.Wilmington is a fantastic town but we still have a number of issues that need resolve.  I firmly believe that Sue Sullivan and Rob Faluso will do the job! Rob and Sue come from opposite sides of the political spectrum but have come together threw their passion to make Wilmington the best it can be. I know without a doubt they will work tirelessly to represent our town keeping in mind our elderly, veterans, children, families and public service workers.I ask you to consider both Sue Sullivan and Rob Fasulo when casting your votes April 27th.Sincerely,Zachary KysarLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If You Want Change, Vote Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Endorses Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Wanted to say Maulana Azad Shatrughan Sinha chants Jinnah in slip of

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first_imgWhile addressing a rally Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara, Sinha said, “Ye Congress parivar Mahatma Gandhi se leke, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel se leke, Muhammad Ali Jinnah se leke, Jawaharlal Nehru se leke, swargiya Indira Gandhi se leke, Rajiv Gandhi se leke aur Rahul Gandhi se leke inki party hai jinka desh ke vikas me, desh ki tarakki me, desh ki azadi me sabse mehatvapurna aur sabse bada yogdaan hua, isliye hum yaha aye (Congress family from Mahatma Gandhi to Sardar Patel to Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Jawaharlal Nehru… It is their party. They had the most important role in development and freedom of the country. This is the reason why I have come here (in Congress).”Sinha was in Madhya Pradesh to campaign for Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath, who is contesting from the Chhindwara Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency against BJP’s Nathan Shah. Both Kamal Nath and his son were present at the event.”Now that I have joined the Congress party for the first and the last time, now I won’t leave it,” Sinha stated.At the same rally, Sinha also said the people of the country were curious about Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) while expressing hope that the scheme will be implemented if his party is voted to power in the ongoing general elections. “The Congress government has waived the loan of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh. People are curious about NYAYscheme now,” he said.Under the NYAY scheme, the Congress party has promised to give Rs 72,000 annually to the poorest among the poor.Sinha, who left the BJP being denied a ticket contest the Lok Sabha election from Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar, said, “It is fine when they (BJP) do something. If our leaders come up with some ideas, they are not able to digest these.” Rebel BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha joined Congress.IANSShatrughan Sinha will take on Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib. Patna will vote on May 19 as part of the 7th phase for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Results will be declared on May 23. Shatrughan Sinha addressed a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara.Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha courted controversy after he called Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah a part of the Congress family. However, Sinha went on to clarify his statement saying, “Whatever I said on Friday (April 26) was a slip of tongue. I wanted to say Maulana Azad but uttered Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”#WATCH Shatrughan Sinha, Congress candidate from Bihar’s Patna Sahib on his statement,”from Mahatma Gandhi to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, all part of Congress Parivar”: Whatever I said yesterday was slip of tongue. I wanted to say Maulana Azad but uttered Muhammad Ali Jinnah. pic.twitter.com/N2s63aOufj— ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2019The 72-year-old politician recently made headlines for switching sides from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the Congress. On Friday, Sinha invoked Jinnah along with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru, saying they all had a role to play for India’s independence.last_img read more

Supersoldier ants created in the lab by reactivating ancestral genes

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first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com The international team of scientists, led by Dr Ehab Abouheif of the Department of Biology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, looked at the genomes of two ant species that produce supersoldiers. They identified the genetics behind the supersoldier caste and were able to activate the genes by treating ant larvae with methoprene, a growth hormone. As expected, the ant larvae became supersoldiers.They then treated in the same way larvae of Pheidole morrisi, an ant species which lives in New York and that does not normally produce supersoldiers, but which lead author, Dr Abouheif, had previously noted produced large-headed ants resembling supersoldiers on rare occasions. The treated larvae grew to become large headed and jawed ants resembling supersoldiers. The same effect was produced in two other Pheilode species, which are not known to produce supersoldiers.Dr Abouheif and colleagues report, in their paper published in the journal Science, that ant larvae normally develop into soldiers or workers depending on the levels of the “juvenile hormone”: if levels are high the ants become soldiers, while if they are low they become the smaller worker ants. In the species that produce supersoldiers there is a second high threshold of the juvenile hormone, above which the larvae develop into the larger supersoldiers. The growth hormone methoprene, used in the experiments, mimics the effects of juvenile hormone.The results of the experiments suggest that even those species that do not produce supersoldiers must have been able to do so in the distant past, some 35 to 60 million years ago, and that they still retain the genetic information for supersoldier production that can be reactivated under certain environmental or nutritional states. The researchers say that retaining the ancestral genetic tools could be important for the evolution of new physical traits. Supersoldier ants occur naturally in species found in Mexico and the south-west of the USA. They were also known in ancestral species, and Abouheif and the team suggest the common ancestor of the entire Pheidole genus had the ability to produce supersoldiers. It is not known why only eight of the species retain the ability and the remainder simply abandon the nests if they are invaded by predatory army ants, but Abouheif said the genes might have been repeatedly reactivated. This would explain anomalies such as the rare instances of supersoldiers he noted in the P. morrisi ants, which is a species not threatened by army ants.Dr. Abouheif and colleagues think that their work in unlocking ancestral features could find application in fields such as agriculture, where it might be used to breed crops with greater nutritional value. Abouheif also suggests the work might also shed some light on the growth of cancers, which he said could be “the unleashing of some kind of ancestral potential,” which might be reversible if it could be identified. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Death from above: Parasite wasps attacking ants from the air filmed for the first time A supersoldier communicates with a minor worker from the hyper-diverse ant genus Pheidole. Photo courtesy of Alex Wild/alexanderwild.com (PhysOrg.com) — There are over 1100 species of Pheidole genus ants, and most individual ants belong to either the worker or soldier caste. In only eight of the Pheidole species, some individuals can belong to a “supersoldier” subcaste instead, and these ants fight off predatory army ant species and bar their way by blocking off the entrances to the nest using their over-sized heads. Now, scientists have managed to create supersoldiers in other species by reactivating ancestral genes.center_img Journal information: Science More information: Ancestral Developmental Potential Facilitates Parallel Evolution in Ant, Science 6 January 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6064 pp. 79-82. DOI:10.1126/science.1211451ABSTRACTComplex worker caste systems have contributed to the evolutionary success of advanced ant societies; however, little is known about the developmental processes underlying their origin and evolution. We combined hormonal manipulation, gene expression, and phylogenetic analyses with field observations to understand how novel worker subcastes evolve. We uncovered an ancestral developmental potential to produce a “supersoldier” subcaste that has been actualized at least two times independently in the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole. This potential has been retained and can be environmentally induced throughout the genus. Therefore, the retention and induction of this potential have facilitated the parallel evolution of supersoldiers through a process known as genetic accommodation. The recurrent induction of ancestral developmental potential may facilitate the adaptive and parallel evolution of phenotypes. Citation: Supersoldier ants created in the lab by reactivating ancestral genes (2012, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-supersoldier-ants-lab-reactivating-ancestral.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Small longserving satellite observes ammonia emission from the center of our galaxy

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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Small long-serving satellite observes ammonia emission from the center of our galaxy (2017, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-small-long-serving-satellite-ammonia-emission.html Odin was launched on February 20, 2001 with the aim of studying the depletion of the ozone layer in the atmosphere and searching for water and oxygen in interstellar space. With a mass of about 250 kilograms, the spacecraft has dimensions of 2.0 x 1.1 meters (3.8 meters when fully deployed in orbit). The satellite is equipped with an advanced radiometer using a 1.1-meter telescope and a spectrograph, called the Optical Spectrograph and Infrared Imaging System (OSIRIS).Odin was originally designed to be operational for about two years, but the spacecraft is still in good health and is currently functioning nominally. During the astrophysics part of its mission, the satellite has observed water in comets and detected molecular oxygen in interstellar clouds. Now, a team of Swedish researchers that includes Odin mission scientists has presented new results proving that the spacecraft can still conduct significant detections.”Recently, Odin has made complementary observations of the 572 GHz NH3 line towards the Sgr A +50 km s−1 cloud and circumnuclear disk (CND). (…) Significant NH3 emission has been observed in both the +50 km s−1 cloud and the CND. Clear NH3 absorption has also been detected in many of the spiral arm features along the line of sight from the sun to the core of our galaxy,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The observations were carried out in April 2015 and April 2016 as part of a larger survey studying the Sagittarius A complex radio source consisting of Sgr A*, the supernova remnant Sagittarius A East and the spiral structure Sagittarius A West.According to the paper, the spacecraft detected a very large velocity width (80 km s−1) of the ammonia emission associated with the shock region in the southwestern part of the CND. The researchers propose that it may suggest a formation scenario similar to that of gas-phase water in shocks and outflows.”The very high gas-phase water abundance determined for the shock region at CND SW by Karlsson et al. (2015) is similar to that found in the red-ward high-velocity wings of the Sgr A molecular clouds, and likely results from shock heating causing release of pre-existing grain surface water, possibly combined with high temperature shock chemistry,” the paper reads.The authors concluded that the high-quality spectra obtained by Odin clearly demonstrate the satellite’s continuing capabilities. It shows that it is possible to build a comparatively cheap, but complicated spacecraft that can remain in high quality operation for a long mission lifetime. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Odin observations of ammonia in the Sgr A +50 km/s Cloud and Circumnuclear Disk, arXiv:1701.02536 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1701.02536AbstractContext. The Odin satellite is now into its sixteenth year of operation, much surpassing its design life of two years. One of the sources which Odin has observed in great detail is the Sgr A Complex in the centre of the Milky Way. Aims. To study the presence of NH3 in the Galactic Centre and spiral arms. Methods. Recently, Odin has made complementary observations of the 572 GHz NH3 line towards the Sgr A +50 km/s Cloud and Circumnuclear Disk (CND). Results. Significant NH3 emission has been observed in both the +50 km/s Cloud and the CND. Clear NH3 absorption has also been detected in many of the spiral arm features along the line of sight from the Sun to the core of our Galaxy. Conclusions. The very large velocity width (80 km/s) of the NH3 emission associated with the shock region in the southwestern part of the CND may suggest a formation/desorption scenario similar to that of gas-phase H2O in shocks/outflows. (Phys.org)—Completing its 16th year in orbit, a small Swedish astrophysics and aeronomy satellite named “Odin” has proven that it is still capable of carrying out important observations of space. The spacecraft has lately observed ammonia (NH3) emissions from an astronomical radio source known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short) at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The results of these observations were published January 10 in a paper available on arXiv.org. Astronomers discover molecular and atomic clouds associated with a superbubble in LMC Explore further Artist’s rendition of the Odin spacecraft in orbit. Credit: SNSBlast_img read more

Defendants captured aboard supposed drug vessel accuse US authorities of torture

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first_img Facebook Comments After six men were arrested aboard a boat off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast with what authorities said was more than one ton of cocaine, it took more than a week until the men were transferred to land.What happened during this time has became the subject of speculation after the men testified Tuesday morning in front of a San José judge that U.S. and Costa Rican authorities took them to the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. There, according to testimony published by Spanish-language newspaper Diario Extra, the defendants said they were tortured and largely unfed.Since the arrest took place in international waters 500 nautical miles from Cabo Blanco in the southern Nicoya Peninsula, it seems strange that authorities would have taken the boat all the way to the Caribbean. However, the men’s testimony indicated that the joint U.S. and Costa Rica operation traversed the Panama Canal to take the men to Guantanamo.Making matters even more curious, one of the six detainees died of a heart attack in front of the courthouse before entering the hearing. The deceased was identified as Jorge Damián Ferreto Gutiérrez, the 53-year-old captain of the boat who police said had a prior record for international drug trafficking.Following Ferreto’s death Tuesday morning, Director of Public Defense Marta Iris Muñoz issued a letter to chief public prosecutor Jorge Chavarría detailing the defendants’ claims of abuse.“The defendants said that since they were arrested by U.S. officials they were handcuffed to a cable and put on the boat’s deck, where they remained for days without any protection from the sun, rain, or cold at night,” Muñoz’s letter reads, according to Diario Extra. “What’s more, the defendants indicated that the U.S. officers supplied the absolute minimum amount of water and that the food they were given wasn’t fit to be consumed by a dog.”Muñoz’s letter acknowledged the defendants’ claim that they were taken to Cuba before being taken back to Costa Rica, where they landed at the southern port of Golfito. Muñoz further requested that prosecutors investigate Ferreto’s cause of death.A spokeswoman from the Prosecutor’s Office said an investigation was opened into Ferreto’s death Tuesday, even before prosecutors received the letter from Muñoz.The spokeswoman said in an email to The Tico Times, “Remember that the men were in the deep sea and not located near the coast,” when The Tico Times asked where the men were from the arrest date on April 20 until May 1, when prosecutors said the detainees were brought on land to Golfito. Citing the ongoing investigation, the spokeswoman declined further comment.Police previously identified the fishing boat as being registered by the name “Anthony” and having a 250-horsepower engine.A spokesman from the Public Security Ministry declined to comment about the details of the arrest.The press report issued by the Public Security Ministry on April 21 said the men saw Coast Guard officials and began throwing items from the boat into the ocean. In all, they were found with 20 sacks that held smaller packages of cocaine that totaled more than one ton, police and prosecutors said.On top of Ferreto, the other five arrestees were identified by their last names as Costa Ricans Mollenkamp Pizarro, Arias González, Fernández Núñez and Parras Cuendis, and an Ecuadorian named Reyes Legarda.The judge sentenced the defendants to five months of preventive prison during Tuesday’s hearing. Related posts:Men caught with one ton of drugs in Costa Rica allowed to walk free, police say Five Costa Ricans caught with 600 kilos of cocaine off Colombian coast Costa Rican drug traffickers connected to Italian mob plead guilty to shipping cocaine to the U.S. Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica againlast_img read more

Total sells Nigeria offshore oil stake for 25B

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first_imgLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – French oil firm Total SA says it has sold a stake in an offshore oil field in Nigeria for $2.5 billion to Chinese state oil company Sinopec Corp.Total made the announcement Monday in a statement posted to its corporate website. Sinopec officials were not immediately available for comment.Officials with Total have said they plan to sell off some stakes in oil fields around the world to raise cash for new ventures. Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Total said the deal, done for cash, must be approved by Nigerian authorities.The state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. is the concession holder on the field. Other partners include Chevron Corp, Esso E&P Nigeria Ltd. and Nexen Petroleum Nigeria Ltd.China has been interested in expanding its oil holdings in Nigeria for some time.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Quick workouts for men How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more